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Suspect in kidnapping case arrested following chase through the Applegate

Oregon State Police said that 29-year-old sex offender Freddy Ayala was arrested following a pursuit.

Posted: Feb 24, 2020 10:19 AM
Updated: Feb 24, 2020 10:34 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The investigation into a Douglas County kidnapping case sparked a car chase that ended in the Applegate Valley on Saturday, Oregon State Police reports.

Officers with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) had found a gray pickup truck that was tied to a suspected kidnapping out of Douglas County in the early hours of Saturday morning. As the officers closed in, the driver tried to get away — quickly leading to a chase.

Grants Pass officers eventually had to give up on the pursuit as the suspect driver continued down Highway 238 eastbound, into the Applegate Valley. There, OSP troopers took up the chase.

Police were able to spike the gray pickup's tires near the Applegate bridge, causing the driver to stop along the highway just short of the town of Applegate.

29-year-old Freddy Ayala was arrested at the scene without any further trouble, OSP said.

Ayala is a registered sex offender from central Oregon and is on conditional release for reckless driving and driving while suspended charges in Crook County, Oregon. He's currently being held in the Josephine County Jail on charges for attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, a parole violation for his previous rape charge, and multiple out of county warrants.

A report from OSP and jail logs did not provide any further information about Ayala's possible involvement in the kidnapping case out of Douglas County.

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